Petition Filed in Supreme Court Against Mandatory Black Coats for Lawyers, Claimed Unsuitable for India’s Climate

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to challenge the longstanding requirement for lawyers to wear black coats, a practice described as unsuitable for India’s climatic conditions. The petition calls for an amendment to the Advocates Act of 1961.

The petition submitted to the apex court argues that the all India Bar Councils should issue directives to consider the challenges of wearing black coats during the warmer months. It highlights the discomfort and potential health risks associated with wearing black coats in the heat, suggesting that a study should be conducted to explore the impact on health, well-being, and productivity.

Advocate Shailendra Mani Tripathi, who filed the petition, has appealed to the court to modify the dress code regulations to accommodate traditional Indian attire. He pointed out the severe heat in the plains, which continues for several months, making it difficult to wear black coats to court.

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The petitioner argues that the black coat was adopted during the British era, tailored to the cooler British climate rather than India’s geographical and climatic conditions. The black color, known for absorbing more heat, is particularly unsuitable for the hot Indian summers, making it an impractical choice for everyday wear in court.

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